Gun violence has killed at least 1 rapper every year since 2018


The death of rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles this week stunned the hip-hop community, but sparked familiar conversations that have been going on for years.

The rapper was shot while eating with his girlfriend at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles in what appears to be a robbery, according to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore. Notably, Moore said a photo of the couple’s meal was posted on Instagram, with the location tagged.

PnB Rock isn’t the first rapper to die from gun violence, but his death is another addition to a trend that dates back to at least 2018. Every year since then, gun violence — whether through robbery or disagreement — has killed at least one rapper who was already famous or about to become famous.

“People around these rappers earn so much. It’s time to start reminding them again and again!!! AT LEAST TRY to put your foot down if you care! Tell them!!! You are not loved as you think !!! You are prey!!!! In a world full of predators!!!! What’s not clicking???!!!” rapper Nicki Minaj tweeted after the death of PnB Rock.

His tweets and organic conversations with other artists and fans on social media speak to common issues in hip-hop: masculinity, safety, and managing rising fame.

“The number of unreported attempted robberies involving rappers is ridiculous. Rappers don’t even talk about it because some think it’s embarrassing to admit or talk about it. Rappers are literally targeted and people try in broad daylight,” podcast host and artist DJ Akademiks tweeted on Monday.

PnB Rock has already spoken with DJ Akademiks about an attempted robbery while out with his girlfriend and daughter. It appears the rapper, a Philadelphia native, had no security while at Roscoe’s on Monday.

He now joins the list of rappers who are victims of gun violence. Here are some other notable names of artists killed since 2018:

XXXTentacion was shot on June 18, 2018, in an apparent robbery as he left a motorsports store in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Four men were arrested the same year in connection with the rapper’s murder.

The 20-year-old was hugely popular at the time of his death. He rose to fame after his song “Look at Me” went viral on social media and SoundCloud in 2016.

He then appeared in 2017 Freshman Class of XXL Magazine alongside other emerging artists. His album “?” premiered at No. 1 when it was released in March 2018, according to Billboard.

The single from the album “Sad!” peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks on the charts, according to Billboard.

Right after his death, “Sad!” rose from No. 52 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The song was the first posthumous No. 1 for a lead soloist since The Notorious BIG’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” in 1997. according to Billboard.

The rapper was not without controversy: he was accused of homophobia after telling a story on a podcast of choking and severely beating a cellmate he suspected of being gay when they were all both housed in a juvenile detention center. He was also awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant girlfriend.

Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in March 2019 near a clothing store he owned.

Nipsey Hussle, award-winning hip-hop artist and philanthropist, was shot at least 10 times on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles.

The rapper’s last post on Twitter read, “Having powerful enemies is a blessing.” It was later discovered that a conversation about the snitch preceded his fatal shooting, according to testimony released by a grand jury.

Authorities said Eric Holder fired the shots that killed Nipsey and injured two others. Holder, 29, previously pleaded not guilty in May 2019.

While Nipsey was well known on the underground circuit, he was gaining a mainstream following just before his death.

A year earlier, he launched the first Marathon Clothing smart store on West Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. Nipsey also owned marketing firm The Marathon Agency, investment firm SC Commercial Ventures, and record labels Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records, according to Press Atlantic Records.

The 33-year-old man was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys for the only studio album he’s ever released, “Victory Lap.” He lost to Cardi B.

Beyond his music and business, Nipsey was a member of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, but spoke out against rappers who brag about alleged gang affiliations to pull off stunts or look cool — nope. because he wished them violence, but to remind them that for too many young people, joining a gang was a matter of survival.

Pop Smoke died the month before he went on tour.

New York rapper Pop Smoke was fatally shot during a home invasion at a residence in Hollywood Hills, California on February 19, 2020.

Several people were arrested and then released after the rapper’s death. Witnesses told investigators that between two and six people broke into the home, one of them wearing a mask, Los Angeles Police Department Captain Steve Lurie said at the time. .

Five people were eventually arrested in connection with the murder, two of whom were identified as minors.

The 20-year-old was enjoying the success of his second mixtape, “Meet the Woo 2”, the week before his murder. The project in its infancy at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Pop’s “Meet the Woo” tour was scheduled to kick off with a sold-out show in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2020.

His posthumous album, “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon”, was released in July 2020.

In a 2019 New York Times profilethe entertainer has opened up about his life before he rose to fame, describing his teenage years as “high risk, very rewarding”.

Rapper King Von was killed outside a hookah lounge in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chicago rapper King Von was one of two people fatally shot Nov. 6, 2020, in an early morning gunfight outside an Atlanta hookah lounge, authorities said.

Two groups of men had argued in a parking lot around 3:30 a.m. and shots were fired, authorities said.

Four other people were shot and injured, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the shooting because officers also fired their weapons.

Timothy Leeks, 22, has been arrested in connection with the rapper’s death. The Atlanta Police Homicide Unit had warrants for Leeks for murder. Two other men were also taken into custody in connection with the shooting, according to CNN affiliate WXIA-TV.

A week before his death, Von had released his first studio album, “Welcome to O’Block”. His second posthumous album, “What It Means to Be King”, was released on March 4, 2022 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. according to Billboard.

Rapper Young performed at the Astroworld Festival on November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Memphis rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed while buying cookies on November 17, 2021.

The 36-year-old rapper was at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis when someone arrived and shot him, police said at the time.

Three men have been arrested in connection with Dolph’s death. Authorities identified them as Justin Johnson, 23, Shondale Barnett, 27, and Cornelius Smith, 32.

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said more arrests could be made as the investigation into Young Dolph’s death continues. She said citizens’ advice was key to capturing suspects.

Dolph, a Chicago native who grew up in Memphis, released his debut album, “King of Memphis” in 2016.

He then had several hits, including “Blue Diamonds” and “RNB”, with Megan Thee Stallion. His fifth studio album, 2020’s “Rich Slave,” rose to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2017, he was nearly killed in a shooting in Hollywood. He spent weeks in hospital after sustaining three gunshot wounds.

Dolph told the Guardian in a 2018 interview that he was not “a person who lives in fear”.

He is survived by two children.

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